It was disappointing that EMPEROR CONCERTO didn't fare better when well backed at Fakenham but that run may have brought him to concert pitch and Lucy Wadham's second season chaser has more than enough scope to land a race of this nature. Mtpockets receives plenty of weight from the selection and the experienced pointer is a fascinating runner as he has yet to jump a regulation fence in public but dotted up over hurdles last time. Peut Etre Sivola is likely to have been well primed in his attempt to follow up last season's success in this race and it would be no surprise to see him reverse Stratford form with Runshan who finished 25 lengths to the good on that occasion. This test should suit Bench Warrent down to the ground and his weight may not prevent him from going close whilst Kawagino has been reinvented as a stayer in recent seasons and can play his part.
Bench Warrent (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Led until hit 14th, last before next, not fluent when left 3rd 3 out, chased winner after next, no impression flat, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Blazing Bailey (10-12) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) hvy in Mar.
Martys Mission (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Behind, headway 19th, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 19, well behind Church Island (10-5) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Emperor Concerto 11-4fav (11-12) Led, blundered and headed 6th, chased leaders after, struggling with a circuit to go, slow 14th and weakened, 4th of 5, 31l behind Sporting Rebel (10-7) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Kawagino (IRE) 17-2 (11-6) In rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 8th, pecked 11th, weakened after 13th, tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Carrickmines (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs (3) sft in Mar.
Cold Mountain (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) In touch in 5th, went 4th at 4th, pushed along 16th, ridden along and struggling 18th, plugged on same pace from next, 6th of 7, 14l behind Gullible Gordon (11-8) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (2) gd in Oct.
Cullahill (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Close up in 5th until hit 15th, soon lost place, 8th and under pressure 17th, plugged on, 7th of 14, 36l behind Meanus Dandy (9-11) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gd.
Pass Me By (10-10) in a race won by Another Jewel (10-10) at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 4m 4f Listed Handicap Chase (6yo+) (1) slp in May, 12 ran.
Petite Margot 13-2 (11-8) Led 1st until 4th, chased leader until ridden 12th, lost place 16th, rallied after 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Runshan (10-8) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Oct.
Peut Etre Sivola (FR) 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 12th, no impression 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 8, 26l behind Runshan (10-8) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Oct.
Mtpockets (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Chased leaders, disputed lead 8th, led soon after next, drew clear before 2 out, stayed on strongly, very easily, won at Fontwell 3m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Mic Aubin (10-12) by 18l, 8 ran.
Runshan (IRE) 10-3fav (10-8) Tracked leader, led 4th, clear approaching 2 out, easily, won at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Oct beating Balladeer (11-2) by 11l, 8 ran.